S (Scripture) – John 1:35-39 “Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God!’ The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. And Jesus turned and saw them following, and said to them, ‘What do you seek?’ They said to Him, ‘Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are You staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come, and you will see.’ So they came and saw where He was staying; and they stayed with Him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.”
O (Observation) – The very first words spoken by Jesus in John’s gospel were Jesus asking His brand new followers, “What do you seek?” The Greek word for seek, zēteō, means “to look for, seek out; to try to obtain, desire to possess, strive for.” That question is still being asked of His followers today – what is it that we seek in this life? What are we looking for? What are we seeking out? What are we trying to obtain? What do we desire to possess? What do we strive for? Jesus is asking us, not because He doesn’t know our hearts and everything about us, but because He wants us to pause and consider this life-changing notion.
A (Application) – Our time in this life will be spent focused on what we make our priority. Our priority is driven by what we define as our purpose. What do we seek in this life? What do we seek from our relationship with the Lord? Is He just a small part of our weekend, or is He absolutely everything and more? Do we think about Him every now and then when we remember, or can we not go a single moment without being in His presence? Do we live life from day-to-day, lacking direction, at the whim of whatever circumstance crosses our path, or are we living on purpose with intentionality in everything we do?
P (Prayer) – Dear Jesus, You are so wonderful and amazing, yet so personal and real. Thank You, for meeting us exactly where we are, and for helping us to realize how important it is we settle up front exactly what it is we seek from You. You want everything from us, because You gave up everything for us. Thank You for loving me. Help me to seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness, and everything else will be added unto me (Matthew 6:33).